OAU students boo Jonathan, Fayose

Students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, on Saturday openly expressed their frustration over recent unrests in federal universities by jeering President Goodluck Jonathan, who was a guest at the institution Friday.

Mr. Jonathan, and some state and federal officials, including Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, were in the university to attend the Yoruba Unity Summit, organised by the Committee for Yoruba Unity, where he was endorsed for re-election in 2015.

The meeting also had in attendance the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuade, among other traditional rulers.

But before the meeting ended, placard-wielding students gathered at the Amphi theatre/Oduduwa Hall area of the institution where the meeting was holding, chanting solidarity songs.

The students said they were angry over the recent tuition increase, rot in the education sector‎ and attack by security operatives on protesting students of the University of Jos.

‎The students also halted the president’s convoy for a few minutes, by barricading the path of his motorcade before the president boarded a chopper.

The students also booed Mr. Fayose, the Ekiti State governor.

“Fayose got perhaps the biggest embarrassment of his life today. He walked confidently to Ife students expecting to be applauded. I can’t yet forget the look of shock on his face as shouts of Ole! Ole! (Thief! Thief!) rented the air‎,” said Hassan Taiwo, education right activist, who participated in the protest.

Some of placards brandished by the students read “Don’t sell education like you sold electricity”, “We condemn Jos killing of students”, ‎”We demand reversal of 2014 fee hike”.

A female student said she and her colleagues joined the protest because “the president’s coming coincided with a moment we are facing challenges in terms of learning facilities in the laboratories and classes.

“In our Geography lab, we don’t have anything except diagrams and furniture, if Ife is like this, what happens to other schools?”‎

However, in a telephone interview, the president of OAU Students’ Union, Ibikunle Isaac, told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Jonathan was not rejected or embarrassed by his colleagues but that they only peacefully registered their grievances over fee raise.

“The leadership of the Union submitted protest letter over the fee increment to the president‎ and he committed himself to seeing to the issue, while our students were gyrating on campus,” he said.

But another student disagreed with the SUG president.

“Of course it was a peaceful display against President Jonathan and his people, but we really embarrassed and booed them because of their insensitivity to various problems Nigeria is facing, as shown by this shameful endorsement from the so-called Yoruba leaders,” the student said.

“Don’t mind our Union president. It is understandable. What he called gyration was actually choruses of insults and how we booed Jonathan and his people,” he added.


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  • Dr.Kay

    They ain’t seen nothing yet,on the flip side imagine GMB at ife, the thunderous applause and love he will get will be earth shattering, Dumbo start packing your filthy clothes and new shoes , your ruinous reign is over .

    • TRUTH MASTER

      It is OVER!

    • NewNigeria

      Dr Kay .. Please who is this thief called Fayose ??? I remember a thug in those days in Babalola Orita .. He smokes igbo like there in no tomorrow ..Fayose a governor again ?? One day Fred Ajidua will be governor !!!

  • Frank Bassey

    My cousin, a student of the university, was present at the event. She confirms ur story is exaggerated. I am not surprised; as usual anti-Jonathan.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      What matters is that it happened at all. Whether or not it was exaggerated, as you claim, is irrelevant!

  • NewNigeria

    Who are these faceless Yoruba leaders ?? Can you name them please ??Likes of fayose n co .. Fayose is a thug not a leader @ Frank Bassey your cousin will always be there .. Jonathan must go ..enough is enough .. Stop sharing money to get votes .. Ole people dem !!

  • OLUWATOBI

    He thinks he can come and deceive us here…..no matter the meeting #GEJ led administration will be voted out…CHANGE of government is all we want

  • the truth

    Lies lies lies.the sug president just released a statement confirming papers like yours are lying to nigerians for your pay masters.they never booed gej.y not paste the press rrlease premium times.nigeria journalism and compromise

    • concerned9ja

      Yes, they released d statement to your ‘Truth Times’

  • Chris1408

    Signs of 2015 election. Bye bye GEJ.

    • Wazobia

      GEJ will win this election.OAU students have never been friendly with any government in power. So its normal. GEJ is not the problem of Nigeria. Nigerians are the problem of Nigeria. This guy (GEJ) has no problem. Buhari CAN NEVER be president because he has never believed in democracy. He was the one that truncated the first democratic experiment we had. People that are supporting Buhari today are those that have never voted for PDP since 1999. These people are around 14milion people. GEJ will get 22million votes and that settles it. Democracy is about number of voters not noise.

      • Sword of Damocles

        okay. If you say so, it must mean something. ps name should not be wazobia, probably should only be “bia”, no?

        • Sword of Damocles

          i forgot something. I also meant to tell you that Nigeria has a population of 170 million people. I found out some intriguing tidbits about that number. Did you know that 70% of that 170 million is under 30yrs old? Do you think in your infinite wisdom, believe that these “Generation Z” Nigerians will accept the type of “transformation” your usurper has brought Nigeria? You better pray that Mai Gaskiya wins and can turn Nigeria around quickly, because “generation Z” is fixing to bring REVOLUTIONARY justice to your usurper and his minions in the ruling elites. Dey siddon dier, dey look trees, when you dey DEEP for inside mazy forest….

  • concerned9ja

    The authentic Yoruba ‘leaders’ have spoken. They av refused to endorse the clueless for next year. The Fayoses and the Oonis are political contractors. All left is for students to go back to their communities to spread the gospel and do talking with their votes. Enough of the cluelessness and the incompetence of this divisive man

  • Truthometer

    The last bus is about to depart Aso rock for otuoke. With our votes in 2015, let us make sure we get Dumbo and Patience to the motor park in time.

  • Comfortkay

    President Jonathan and his party governor thug Fayose came to address a Yoruba Unity Summit, something must be wrong somewhere. The President and the governor are security treat and that is why the student boo them,. PDP cannot win 2015.

    • Otile

      The vocal students are mainly APC students who thought that it was Imam Buhari that was visiting. Don’t you see that they look disappointed?

      • Comfortkay

        From your name you are from the same area like GEJ am very sorry indeed.

  • Seyi Brown

    Any protest over a spike in tuition fees is justified in a country where politicians steal in billions.

  • Otile

    If the same thing happened to Imam Buhari there, they would report that the students cheered him, and carried him shoulder high.

  • Oro Sunnunkun

    Why is GEJ at the summit? Na Ijaw summit?

  • onenigerian2014

    Haba! The length we go for falsehood, what’s bred in the bone will come out in the flesh. The student union president
    of OAU has spoken, at no time where there any type of protest. APC reporters/Sharia proclamation liars often set their own traps. All truth passes through three stages: First it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed and third it is accepted as being self-evident. But remember, when the law catches you, be informed mess with the bull and one usually gets the horns. Your are a big disgrace to journalism..

  • Tiiye

    Yes, Adelaja, I cannot wait to read on about nations